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Climate change could turn bugs into more aggressive pests—and limit the ability of plants to protect themselves

Recent models are telling us that, as our climate warms up, herbivores and pests will cause increased damage to agricultural ...
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Viewpoint: USDA bioengineered food labels could clear up GMO confusion—if consumers educate themselves

Ronald Goldy | 
In this day of ready-to-eat, highly processed food, it is understandable that consumers want to know what is in their ...
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Why are farmers so eager to grow GMO crops?

Ronald Goldy | 
Genetically modified (GM) crops are produced using new genetic engineering methods. Since their development slightly over 20 years ago, they ...

GMOs 101: Experts break down the basics of crop biotechnology

Cameron Rudolph | 
An online search for “GMO” returns more than 88 million results — a tangled mess of frightening images, dense data, ...
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Can I drink glyphosate? Answers to common questions about the controversial weed killer

In recent weeks, there has been an uptick in the conversation about the safety of glyphosate, a common weed killer, ...
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Bee friendly insecticides? Scientists unlock genetic key to kill crop pests, sparing beneficial insects

Researchers at Michigan State University’s entomology department have unlocked a key to maintain the insecticide’s effectiveness in eliminating pests without ...
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Sequenced potato genomes could speed development of disease-resistant varieties

Examining the ancestors of the modern, North American cultivated potato has revealed a set of common genes and important genetic ...
The Future of Bioplastics for Packaging

Using sunlight to make plastic? Genetically modified algae shows promise

Michigan State University scientists are proposing a new way to economically produce biodegradable plastics with sunlight and help from an ...

Could we control bee-killing Varroa mites by exploiting their genetic vulnerabilities?

Seemingly indestructible Varroa mites have decimated honeybee populations and are a primary cause of colony collapse disorder, or CCD. Michigan ...

Less milkweed due to herbicide likely contributed to early monarch butterfly declines, study finds

[Monarch butterfly] numbers ... are shrinking. New research at Michigan State University, published in the current issue of the journal ...
Plants that 'fertilize themselves'? Gene discovery could lead to reductions in synthetic fertilizer use

Plants that ‘fertilize themselves’? Gene discovery could lead to reductions in synthetic fertilizer use

The lessons of plant diversity and competition learned from a clover patch, which are featured in a special issue of ...

CRISPR gene editing successfully used on non-human primate for first time in US

In a study led by Michigan State University, scientists have shown that gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 technology can be quite ...

Organic sales have plateaued following rapid growth

Kay Cummings | 
According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, total organic product sales by farms and ranches in the U.S. have increased ...

Finding a treatment for binge eating, with rats and frosting

Kelly Klump, Kim Ward | 
Two strains of rats, cans of vanilla frosting and a theory have helped MSU professor of psychology Kelly Klump take ...
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